It is time to speak out now

PrincessEkwi
Posted April 29, 2020 from Nigeria
Changing the narrative
Changing the narrative (1/1)

A lot has been said about the novel Coronavirus and all forms of palliative geared towards alleviating the virus and hunger but in many climes especially in Africa, little or no attention is paid to the increasing violence and stigmatization against women and girls even though about 283 Women Rights groups had warned of likely increase in SGBV during the lockdown and this played out to be true as many offices including the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, attested to increase in spousal battery, rape and child sexual abuse since the lockdown.

These informed my taking it upon myself to campaign that government should address Gender Based Violence and harmful practices against women in all settings inNigeria, where I come from.

Although the country is signatory to several international and regional institutions protecting women against Sexual and Gender Based Violence, ratified both the convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW and Protocol to African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa 25 years ago but protection of women against Sexual and Gender Based Violence has remained on paper as only 4 states and the Federal Capital Territory out of the 36 states have domesticated the Violence against Person Prohibition, VAPP, Act 2015.

The Protection against Domestic Violence Bill 2016 that would have chatted a course for the adoption has remained a Bill since the Nigeria's 8th Assembly's tenure finished in 2019.

I have taken to the social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp to propagate that the protection and promotion of Rights of Women and Girls be prioritised as the pandemic is compounding existing gender inequalities and increasing risks of gender based violence.

Now is the time to speak out so let's start.

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 29
Apr 29

Hi Princess Ekwi,

Congrats on sharing your first post! Thanks for speaking out! It's a definitely worthy cause. Have you thought about starting a change.org petition to illicit more change?

PrincessEkwi
Apr 29
Apr 29

Sure will, already supporting a petition on domesticating VAPP in Nigeria

Jill Langhus
Apr 29
Apr 29

Great! Looking forward to hearing positive outcome posts/stories in the future:-)

PrincessEkwi
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thanks, will

Jill Langhus
May 01
May 01

You're welcome.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 29
Apr 29

Hello Hi Princess Ekwi,
How good to read your strong voice calling out for real action. "...taking it upon myself" are the words of a truly committed activist. I love the photo of you doing exactly that! You might be interested in the Every Woman Treaty, full of women who agree with you - and some men. https://everywoman.org. And here, we are here to do this together. You inspire.
In sisterhood,
Tam

PrincessEkwi
Apr 29
Apr 29

That'll be great! Thanks

Chi8629
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thank you for sharing.

PrincessEkwi
May 04
May 04

Thanks dear

Beth Lacey
Apr 30
Apr 30

Yes, now is the time to speak out. You are brave to do so.

Anita Shrestha
Apr 30
Apr 30

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Princess Ekwi,
Hope you are well and staying safe. Thank you for being brave and speaking out. The time is now and we need to advocate for change in the laws to protect women who are the most vulnerable in this trying time. All the best with your campaign. Please keep us posted on the updates.
Stay safe

PrincessEkwi
May 04
May 04

Thanks for the motivation I won't relent